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Palestinian succession turmoil

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Published: 31 October 2015

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Palestinian Succession: an overview of institutional turmoil – Ghaith al-Omari – Washington Institute for Near East Policy October 2015

Prospects appear bleak for the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas: a stalled peace process with Israel, a failed reconciliation effort with Hamas, and historically low trust from Palestinian constituents … Complicating matters, Abbas heads not only the PA but also the distinct yet overlapping Palestine Liberation Organization and Fatah movement.  In this Research Note, Ghaith al-Omari, senior fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship and former PA negotiator, untangles the roles played by these three much-weakened Palestinian institutions and recommends steps to strengthen them and thereby avert a future Palestinian leadership vacuum, with all its consequences.

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